Minors in Political Science

Students majoring in history, sociology, criminal justice, economics, psychology, communications, and business, and students preparing for law school or international business frequently have found a minor in political science to be very useful in their careers. Other students also have found a minor in political science helps them to critically analyze developments in their areas of interest. A minor in the field of political science is seen by graduate programs and many employers as evidence of a wide range of interests, skills, and knowledge. The political science department offers three minors: minor in political science, minor in international relations, and minor in public policy and public administration. Requirements for each minor are specified below.

 

Minor in Political Science

The minor in political science requires five courses (15 credits) in political science. 

  • All courses in the political science minor are electives, and all POL courses are eligible for use as minor electives except for POL 413. 
  • No more than two courses may be at the introductory level (POL 100-299). 
  • Only 3 credits in each of POL 500 and POL 520 may be applied towards the minor unless otherwise authorized by the department chairperson. 
  • Transferred POL credits that do not have a Salem State University POL course equivalency must be approved by the department chairperson for use in this Minor.

Minor in International Relations

The minor in international relations (IR) requires five courses (15 credits):

  • POL 251 Introduction to International Relations
  • plus four other POL elective courses numbered 300-412 from the International Relations or Comparative Politics fields of Political Science.
  • POL 500/520 credits may be applied towards this minor only if authorized by the department chairperson.
  • Transferred POL credits that do not have a Salem State University POL course equivalency must be approved by the department chairperson for use in this minor.

Minor in Public Policy and Public Administration

The Minor in Public Policy and Public Administration (PPPA) requires five courses (15 credits):

 

  • POL 219 Introduction to Public Policy
  • POL 315 Public Administration
  • POL 319 Public Policy Analysis
  • plus two other elective courses from among POL 304, POL 310, POL 312, POL 318, POL 327, POL 328, POL 331, POL 333, POL 340, or ECO 317.
  • POL 500/520 credits may be applied towards this minor only if authorized by the department chairperson.
  • Transferred credits that do not have a Salem State University course equivalency must be approved by the department chairperson for use in this minor.